Congrats. Those things are fun to use, no? If you find you rely on
it a lot, you might even consider getting a Hock blade for it. Those
things are 1/16" thick, IIRC, and really do seem to make a difference in
Of course you're right. I was thinking in terms of planes and the
combination of stresses that the frog and cap-iron screw bring into play.
But if Dave Hinz is reading this part of the thread, he might want
to be sure to have the iron in place and everything set up as if he were
going to take a shaving (with the iron retracted, of course), before
lapping or checking the sole of a plane for flatness.
See, that's the thing. I'm not sure that milling the sole would get
me anywhere, because all of the other stresses that distort the sole in
normal use aren't going to be present. There's always glass and wet/dry
sandpaper. That's what TV is for, right?
depends how out of flat the sole is. mine was WAAAAY out. I still
lapped it to finish by hand anyway- the mill marks weren't smooth
enough for me.
for that matter, you could set it up in the mill with frog in place.
the frog screws are going to pull most of the "in situ" stresses on
the body. you _could_ set it up with iron and all, but it'd get pretty
awkward to get into the mill.
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